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Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. It works with the structure and function of the body, and is based on the principle that the well-being of an individual depends on the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues functioning smoothly together. We also provide advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery,  promote health and prevent symptoms recurring.

What do we treat

Osteopaths’ patients vary and can include the elderly, office professionals, pregnant women, children and athletes. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back and neck pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain. Arthritic changes and sports injuries.

Ailments that we can help to treat include:

• Generalised aches and pains
• Joint pains including those associated with Osteoarthritis and Spondylosis
• Back pain (chronic & acute)
• Mechanical neck pain
• Headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic and tension headaches)
• Migraines
• Shoulder and knee conditions
• Disc Injuries including Sciatica
• Plantar fasciitis
• Sports rehabilitation
• Sports injuries

What do we treat

Osteopaths’ patients vary and can include the elderly, office professionals, pregnant women, children and athletes. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back and neck pain, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain. Arthritic changes and sports injuries.

Ailments that we can help to treat include:

• Generalised aches and pains
• Joint pains including those associated with Osteoarthritis and Spondylosis
• Back pain (chronic & acute)
• Mechanical neck pain
• Headaches arising from the neck (cervicogenic and tension headaches)
• Migraines
• Shoulder and knee conditions
• Disc Injuries including Sciatica
• Plantar fasciitis
• Sports rehabilitation
• Sports injuries

What to Expect

During your first osteopathy session, the osteopath will ask about your symptoms, health problems and any medical care you have been receiving before the examination. The osteopath will then examine you and come to a diagnosis and treatment plan.

A full consultation will include:

  • A case history – Details of the pain complaint and general medical history will be taken.
  • Observation of posture and movements
  • Clinical testing of muscles, joints and nerves
  • A diagnosis and full explanation of findings
  • Treatment & Recommendations (as appropriate)

The treatments that an Osteopath might use would commonly include:

• Mobilisation and manipulation of joints
• Soft tissue release techniques
• Dry Needling
• Exercise prescription for the prevention and rehabilitation of injury and chronic pain
• Taping to stabilise or protect joints if required
• Assessment and treatment of postural, pelvic and spinal imbalances

NOTE: You may be asked to remove some clothing for the therapist to conduct a thorough assessment and treatment. It is advisable to bring some sportswear to change into, otherwise gowns and shorts are provided at the clinic if need be. Patients are advised to bring any results of recent or relevant medical tests such as diagnostic imaging (X-Ray, MRI etc.), blood tests and a list of current medication.

Regulation of Osteopathy

Our Osteopaths are trained and registered in the UK and are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). Practitioners complete Osteopaths are required to renew their registration each year and are provided with an annual licence to practise. As part of this process, the GOsC checks that osteopaths have current professional indemnity insurance, remain in good health and of good character, and have met mandatory continuing professional development requirements.

Frequently Answered Questions

Who can benefit from Osteopathic treatment?

People from all age groups who are experiencing musculoskeletal pain or discomfort. This can range from serious sports injuries to general neck and back discomfort. We treat all areas of the body and will have a tailored approach to each individual. Highly active teenagers wil minor injuries can benefit, as well as the aging population with arthritic symptoms.

What is the difference between Osteopathy and Physiotherapy?

As the professions grow and more and more research comes out, they tend to overlap a significant amount. However, Osteopathic philosophy is based around a holistic approach and we try to promote the body’s self-healing mechanisms. We do use spinal manipulations, similar to that of a chiropractor, however, this is just one tool in our box and we do not have a large focus around it. We will also incorporate soft tissue techniques, joint mobilizations, and exercise.

What can you expect on your first session?

A case history will be taken initially followed by a physical assessment. This is to ensure we can come to an accurate diagnosis to then work from. This will then be followed by some treatment and a treatment plan will be established to tackle the presenting complaint. The patient may be asked to remove some clothing to expose the problematic area. It is advised to come with some sports clothes to change into. We also provide shorts and gowns if need be.

Is Osteopathy safe during pregnancy?

Yes, Osteopathy is very safe during pregnancy, however we tend to no treat during the first trimester. The body goes through significant changes during pregnancy and we help you adapt to these changes through gentle treatment, exercise and education.

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